January 30th, 9:30 a.m., Jump!

    MONTREAL, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - On January 30th, at 9:30 a.m., thousands
of elementary school children, their parents and teachers will be jumping
together for 2 minutes to celebrate Jump Rope for Heart, a Youth Program of
the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec. About 60,000 students from
300 different schools are going to jump all across Québec.

    Since its creation in 1982, Jump Rope for Heart has initiated 1.4 million
kids to a healthy lifestyle by skipping rope and has raised more than
14 million dollars for the HSFQ.
    Jump Rope for Heart is a Heart and Stroke Foundation Youth Program held
in scholastic environment. Not only does it help raise money to pursue
research against heart disease and stroke and promote health education among
our young population, but it also gets kids active and encourages them to lead
a life filled with healthy habits and social responsibility.
    In spite of the progress made in recent years, heart disease remains the
top cause of mortality in the country for men and women. The fight for life is
not over. The statistics indicate that almost one quarter of young people in
Québec between ages of 2 and 17 are carrying extra pounds (18 % overweight and
8 % obese).
    The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec, a volunteer-based health
charity, is the leader in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing
their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the
promotion of healthy living and advocacy.
    You can make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec by
visiting the www.heartandstroke.qc.ca. or contact us at 1 800 473-INFO(4636).
    Thank you.

For further information:

For further information: If you would like to film/interview students or
teachers from Montréal area who will participate in this activity, please
contact: Mélanie Larente, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec, (514)
871-8038 poste/ext 232, melanie.larente@fmcoeur.qc.ca

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